what our students and parents are saying about us...
I am an adult recording artist and performer, and have been working with Billy and the crew now for two years. I say without hesitation that Billy is the best vocal instructor I have ever had and by far the best in the state of Connecticut. He's transformed my vocal performance, helped me reach new heights in my tone and vocal control, and he's an amazing coach as well for those who are putting together a career in music. He's incredibly experienced, considerate, and at this point has become a good friend. Thanks to Billy and the NHAOPA crew for making such a difference. Robert R. Student
I have been going to the New Haven Academy of Performing Arts for a while now, and not once have I been stopped loving it. Mr. Neil Fuentes not only taught me how to act, but how to perform from a professional perspective. I love NHAOPA because not only do they have an amazing theatre program and lovely teachers, but everyone cares for each other and hopes each child succeeds in their acting careers. I am so glad to be a part of the NHAOPA family and I couldn't have asked anything better. Millie C. Student
The New Haven Academy of Performing Arts is one of my favorite places in the entire world. It is like a second home to me. At the academy I have made some of the greatest friends in the world, while also being apart of the amazing shows put on at the academy. At NHAOPA I have learned how to further develop my talents as a performer. NHAOPA is the only school of it's kind where you can learn how to sing, dance, and act in a way that prepares you for the real work of performing. NHAOPA is a safe place where everyone is treated as equals and are joined together by their love of performing AIDEN D. Student
We love NHAOPA! The staff is genuine and takes such pride in all of the students. It is a family environment. Everyone looks out for one another and are supportive. It amazes me how they prepare these students for every performance. I don't know how they do it but each show is better than the last. They always leave you wanting more. NHAOPA raises the bar and has exceeded all expectations! Alisa L. Student's Parent
E (2017) and A (2018) have grown so much in this program. They are now singing, acting, playing the piano, and dancing. Their movements are elegant. Their confidence in all activities has increased in ways I could never imagine. I love to see the excitement in their faces when it is time to go to class. The teachers hold them accountable for the skillsets they are learning as well as how they are doing in school academically. They enjoy their life long friends as well. What a wonderful place for my children to grow, learn, and become role models and leaders. I appreciate the safety precautions that are in place to keep this small business open during Covid. My children needed this home away from home and we are thankful. ❤️❤️❤️
All the summer shows were fabulous. New Haven Academy of Performing Arts (NHAOPA) is a home away from home. My daughter truly love all aspects of the program. I am amazed at how my children have grown and how the confidence has grown in every student. The teachers and students are so supportive of each other. NHAOPA is truly a part of our family!!
-UPDATED REVIEW- When I’m asked about Billy I always pause and so many awesome memories come into my mind. I didn’t think my son, Tyler, who hated all sports, would ever find his passion. The minute he met Billy and felt Billy’s compassion and enthusiasm he was hooked. He looks forward to each and every lesson. Billy isn’t a push over, he recognizes the seriousness of his work and pushes Tyler to the best he possibly can be. His professionalism and work ethic are only outdone by his never ending energy. He has a way of making Tyler want to do better. I know Billy truly cares about Tyler and since working with Ty for the last 6 years he is like family to us now.”
My daughter has been taking voice lessons from Billy for over a year. I can not believe the difference in her voice! Truly amazing!! She also did the "Touch of Broadway" Musical Theater Program this summer. She told me it was the best 3 weeks of her life! You can't get any better than that! We will DEFINITELY be attending both programs next year! Colleen P. Student's Parent
My daughter Camryn is approaching her one year anniversary with New Haven Academy of Performing Arts. NHAOPA has been a dream come true. The staff are exceptional, it feels like home as soon as you walk in, the students are being stretched far more than I could ever imagine to show all the gifts and talents they possess. I would like to publicly acknowledge Ms. Stephani, (voice lesson instructor) for being such an inspiration, to not only my daughter, but to the NHAOPA family. You've have displayed nothing but patience, a sincere heart, a desire to push students passed their expectations to show them their true potential. I'm appreciate your time (every week) you spend with Camryn, you've made this journey easier for me. Ms. Stephani keep pushing forward, this is just the beginning!!! Best wishes!!
Yolanda Student's Parent
My granddaughter came from Maine to attend the recent 3-week Summer Theatre Program. The production they accomplished in that time was nothing short of spectacular. I'd recommend this school for any budding performer. My granddaughter will take continue her education there with FaceTime voice lessons - this little school beats the NYC schools I researched hands down. Love the staff and the expertise they share freely with each child. Can't say enough good about them. Mary Ellen Student's Grandparent
My daughter has been a student at New Haven Academy of Performing Arts since August. She just performed in her first show. This school has exceeded my every expectation. Neil, Billy and Stephani go above and beyond to make sure every child feels special and comfortable there. My daughter has never been happier. I highly recommend this school to any child or adult interested in singing, acting or instrumental lessons.
Laura P. Student's Parent
"I've been singing professionally for the greater part of my life. Until I began working with Billy, I never realized the full potential of my voice. His coaching has made all the difference." Mame W. Student
"I was a bit apprehensive about signing my 4 year old daughter up for vocal lessons because of her age. I went to a few people to see what they could offer and to hear my daughters voice. I was not impressed. Then I called Billy and he invited me over with my daughter to meet him. It was a fabulous first impression which was 8 months ago! My daughter Myrissa, now 5, has blossomed in both her appreciation for song as well as her voice! My husband and I are truly impressed and very appreciative of just how heat Billy is with our daughter. We highly recommended New Haven Academy of Performing Arts!! We would also advise to start as young as they are interested because she has truly become a beautiful little singer and we can't wait for what's to come!""I've been taking lessons with Billy for just over a month now and not only has he been a great coach, but he's very personable and fun to work with. Billy has great insight when it comes to teaching vocal technique and he creates a comfortable environment for even the most timid of singers." Stefanie S. Student's Parent
The teachers at New Haven Academy of Performing Arts are thoughtful, knowledgeable professionals who inspire my son to do better and better! They have such an energy about them and they make each lesson fun. They have been helping my son through his voice change so he can keep on singing Also, thanks to them he has booked his first professional job at Godspeed Opera House.
Rachel M. Student's Parent
"I had my first lesson about a week after I first found Thumbtack. Both the setting up of the time of meeting and the lesson itself was a very pleasant experience, and I will now be starting regular weekly lessons with Billy. He is extremely approachable and makes you feel immediately welcome. He is very down to Earth, and is easy to get along with in a professional manner. The first lesson was mostly to gauge my current singing abilities and to identify key areas of improvement. I am looking forward to the journey ahead!" Mate N. Singer
I am clearly and crisply hitting notes that I used to struggle with after only a few lessons! Looking forward to learning all that I can!
Working with Billy has been an amazing experience thus far. He is extremely knowledgeable in the art of "mix voice" singing, and consequently my singing has improved immensely. No two lessons are the same as Billy is continually challenging (and entertaining) me! I highly recommend him for anyone, wether beginner or an old pro: he has something to offer everyone! Kelsey H. Singer
Billy gave me lessons on a cruise ship and his analogies were PERFECT for helping me understand how to sing....wonderful teacher!!! Christie C. Dancer Singer Celebrity Cruises
" I took singing lessons from Billy DiCrosta a couple years ago. He was such a great teacher, so talented and knowledgeable. He creates such a great environment that makes you feel so comfortable to just got for it:)
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